Santorum: Senate rebuking Warren not a big deal

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Wednesday downplayed the Senate's rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Mass.) a night earlier.

“Sometimes you get a little heated on the floor, you directly address a senator, and you call them out on something and then they say, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Santorum said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“In the case of Elizabeth Warren, she didn’t back off. She made those comments; she said she agreed with those comments; and she suffered the consequences.”

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Santorum said the Senate's adherence to longstanding rules should be no surprise to Warren.

“The whole reason for these rules is to keep the temperature down,” he said. "All of this is in place and has been for hundreds of years.”

As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight Tuesday to protest Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAlabama postpones March 31 GOP Senate runoff Biden has broken all the 'rules' of presidential primaries The Hill's Campaign Report: Defiant Sanders vows to stay in race MORE's (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote opposing Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship at the time.

The Senate voted to bar Warren from speaking on the floor, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus Louisiana Republican: People upset at 'spending porn on pet projects' in latest stimulus bill Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE (R-Ky.) said Warren had violated chamber rules and “impugned” President Trump’s Cabinet nominee.

“[Sessions] made derogatory and racist comments that should have no place in our justice system,” Warren said. "To put Sen. Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African-Americans.”